Because web-based social networking almost always requires reading, writing, and thinking when tweens and teens participate using this technology they have an opportunity to improve their reading and writing skills. For example:
Because social networking does help improve reading and writing, teachers are starting to use these tools in their classrooms as a way to enhance student literacy skills and to give students the chance to connect with others from around the world. For example:
There are many opportunities for educational uses of social networking. You can read more about them at Teens and Social Networking (file in .pdf).